City Council to consider $567,000 more for Factory Street project

Construction continues Wednesday morning on Factory Street in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Construction continues Wednesday morning on Factory Street in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Some miscalculations on the scope of work for the $12.9 million Factory Street reconstruction project will drive up its cost more than $567,000. [Read more…]

January 2016 20 Questions: Joseph M. Butler Jr., City of Watertown

Charting a new course

Joseph M. Butler Jr., talks about his vision for Watertown during an interview in the conference room at his Community Bank office on the eve of his swearing-in as mayor of the City of Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Joseph M. Butler Jr., talks about his vision for Watertown during an interview in the conference room at his Community Bank office on the eve of his swearing-in as mayor of the City of Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. shares his
vision for a city that celebrates its victories

On the eve of his swearing-in as mayor of Watertown, Joseph M. Butler Jr. is decidedly optimistic about the city’s future while talking about its challenges. In short order, he hopes to see a city where people talk more about “our victories over drugs opposed to our defeats.” He also envisions a downtown “that flourishes morning, noon, afternoon and evening.” After serving two terms as a city councilman, the 48-year-old financial advisor took the same oath of office on Jan. 1 that his father, Joseph M. Butler Sr., took in 2000. We sat down with the young mayor hours before he began a new four-year term, taking the reins from the same man the elder Mr. Butler defeated in 1999 to become mayor. [Read more…]

Factory Street businesses brace for traffic decline during reconstruction project

Donald E. Rowland, owner of Rowland’s Brand Source Home Appliance Center, 327 Factory St., stands besides his business. As with many business owners on Factory Street, Mr. Rowland believes that the upcoming reconstruction project on the street will cause a significant loss in profit. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Donald E. Rowland, owner of Rowland’s Brand Source Home Appliance Center, 327 Factory St., stands besides his business. As with many business owners on Factory Street, Mr. Rowland believes that the upcoming reconstruction project on the street will cause a significant loss in profit. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — Small-business owners say a dark cloud will descend over Factory Street as its reconstruction starts this summer and they’re bracing for what they fear could be a major slowdown in traffic during the two-season project planned by the city. [Read more…]